Tropical Plants: Creating the Best Environment

By February 7th, 2018

Tropical Plants

Succulents add a fresh, fun aesthetic to any indoor space. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, allowing you to achieve whatever décor style you’re hoping to accomplish. Furthermore, succulents also provide several health benefits, including giving you cleaner air to breathe by clearing out some common dust particles that may live in your home. Studies have shown certain houseplants are more effective at absorbing these contaminants from your air than air purifiers! If you’re exploring adding beautiful succulents to your home, consider the three essentials needed to create the best environment for these plants:

Proper Watering

There is a delicate balance when determining the amount of water that these tropical house plants need to flourish properly. The most common mistake people make with succulents is overwatering them. However, it’s important to understand that succulents do like to have their soil well-soaked if they’re able to fully dry out before they’re watered again.

Another thing to keep in mind is that typically the thicker the leaves on a succulent, the less water it needs. This is a good rule of thumb when trying to gauge proper water consumption for these tropical plants.

Ensuring Soil is Well Drained

Aside from understanding proper watering frequency, another mistake succulent owners make is not ensuring the plants have well-drained soil. To increase soil drainage, try adding a porous material to the bottom of your plants container. For example, small crushed rocks are a great solution to allowing air to get to the plants’ roots so they can fully dry out.

As a good rule of thumb, aim for a 1:1 ratio of soil to porous material for your plant’s container.

Adequate Sunlight

Bring on the light! Succulents require significant sunlight each day to grow healthily. You’ll often see them in hotter climates such as the southwest United States. However, it is important to keep in mind that although these tropical plants enjoy the sun, they are prone to sunburn and therefore should also have proper shade on super sunny days. If your succulents are located inside your house, they’re much less likely to get sunburned (although it is still possible).

Growing tropical plants indoor is a great alternative to leaving them to fend for themselves outdoors where they may not receive enough sunlight, proper soil aeration, or adequate watering levels. Visit TERRA Greenhouses today to receive expert advice you on the best type of tropical plants for your home.

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